Meet Janice


I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified spiritual director. I use an integrated approach in counseling, utilizing my varied background that ranges from Jungian dream analysis to “in vivo” or exposure therapy. My strengths, training, and values come together most in ACT or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (the ‘third wave’ of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Using this approach, I work with clients on how to observe their feelings and thoughts without judgment and then live the life they want to live. This process may lead to looking at and working on any number of things: family of origin issues, past trauma, current relational patterns, or habits/addictions that have developed.

I have two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling (Loyola University) and a Master of Divinity (Howard University). My spiritual director training was out of a Benedictine Monastery in California called the Monastery of the Risen Christ.  I have specialized training in a number of areas: counseling for generalized anxiety and anxiety disorders, grief counseling, spiritual direction, pre-marital counseling, and the enneagram personality assessment.

I work as a counselor and spiritual director at Janice McWilliams Therapy and as a counselor at The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute. I also train, speak and teach at conferences and other gatherings. I have been in ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in a number of different roles; campus staff worker, team leader, area director, conference speaker, and most recently, a staff trainer and spiritual formation specialist. Through this work, I have been in the business of soul care my entire career.

I am an adjunct faculty at Towson University teaching master’s level counseling students two classes (just one course per year); “Spirituality and Counseling” and “Treatment of Anxiety Disorders”.

I will celebrate my 24th wedding anniversary in 2016 and I have two teenagers, a Springer Spaniel, and a cat named Zelda.

What I’m reading

  • The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien
  • Brainspotting by David Grand, PhD
  • Psalm 147

Daily emails I receive

Listening to

  • “This American Life” on NPR: click here
  • The TED Radio Hour on NPR
  • Mom, Me, and Mom by Maya Angelo (audio book)

 License number:  LC4974      State:  MD

I am a member of two professional associations: The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and Spiritual Directors International.

 

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